Vegan Cheese, Cocoa Beans from Colombia, and Other Picks From the Summer Fancy Food Show

As an operator, you are always on the lookout for new products to keep your restaurant on trend.

Today, the specialty food industry is exploding with so many high-quality products, sales in this market have spiked by 11 percent. But with so many options, it’s difficult to choose.

That’s why attending a specialty food tradeshow like the Summer Fancy Food Show, presented by the Specialty Food Association, is a great way to do research on the latest and greatest food products.

Foodable had a front row seat at the show this year (don't miss our live Facebook coverage here) and will be highlighting many of the food companies that stood out from the rest.

Here is a quick round-up of five picks that caught our attention.

 Good Planet Foods' Dairy-free Mozzerella at the 2018 Summer Fancy Food Show |  Foodable Network

Good Planet Foods' Dairy-free Mozzerella at the 2018 Summer Fancy Food Show | Foodable Network

Good Planet Foods

The vegan movement landed at the top of several 2018 top trends list.

According to the fourth annual “Culinary & Cocktails Trend Forecast” by Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants group, 80 chefs said that the vegan trend will be the top trend impacting restaurants this year.

With that being said, vegan food products are on the rise.

Good Planet Foods offers premium dairy-free cheese products that look and feel like real cheese. Some of the products include dairy-free American cheese slices, dairy-free cheddar blocks, and dairy-free mozzarella cheese– all of which are free of lactose, GMO, gluten, and soy.

 Terry's Toffee at the 2018 Summer Fancy Food Show |  Foodable Network

Terry's Toffee at the 2018 Summer Fancy Food Show | Foodable Network

Terry's Toffee

Looking to freshen up for dessert menu? Toffee remains a dessert lovers' favorite.

The Chicago-based company Terry's Toffee took off after Terry started making his Grandmother McCall's toffee recipe back in 2002.

Fast forward to today and Terry's Toffee is enjoyed all over the world.

The company’s products include the McCall's Classic, based on Terry's grandmother's original recipe; McCall's Dark, the nut-free Mazel Toffee; Lemon Paradise; Orange Blossom; Chai-cago Spice; and much more.

PONS Olive Oil

Olive oil remains as the best friend of most chefs. But that also means there are thousands of olive oil products available on the market.

 PONS olive oil at the 2018 Summer Fancy Food Show |  Foodable Network

PONS olive oil at the 2018 Summer Fancy Food Show | Foodable Network

Many of these olive oil producers have a long history. PONS, for example, has grown and harvested olive trees in Spain since 1945. 

So what sets these oils apart from the others?

"Among the outstanding characteristics of the oils from the Pons family groves are their low acidity, their intense green color, their aroma and fruity flavor," writes PONS.

The company has a large portfolio of products including extra virgin olive oils that have been infused with multiple flavors, wine vinegars, a line of organic oils, and pantry products like Calasparra rice, caramelized almonds, caperberries, and more.

Casa Luker Cacao

 Casa Luker Cacao at the 2018 Summer Fancy Food Show |  Foodable Network

Casa Luker Cacao at the 2018 Summer Fancy Food Show | Foodable Network

This Colombia-based family-owned chocolate manufacturer has been making chocolate for 110 years.

"We are known locally for producing drinking chocolate made from 100% cocoa mass, and this is one of the reasons behind the fact that Colombia is not globally recognized as an origin chocolate producer," writes Casaluker.

In 2010, the company expanded its portfolio beyond the drinking chocolate business.

Some of the products include Casaluker Cacao, cocoa beans; Casaluker Marasas, chocolate dragees; and Cocoa Derivatives like cocoa butter and roasted cocoa nibs- all of which are made from cocoa beans from the Fino de Aroma growing regions in South America and with local cane sugar.

The Miller's Mustard

 The Miller's Banana Pepper Mustard at the 2018 Summer Fancy Food Show |  Foodable Network

The Miller's Banana Pepper Mustard at the 2018 Summer Fancy Food Show | Foodable Network

This infused mustard company also had a humble beginning.

In 2002, the family-owned business got its start after being asked to share a few stockpots of their homemade banana pepper mustard. Soon the mustard was being delivered all over Western Pennsylvania.

Over 15 years later, the mustard is available at national grocery chains.

Miller's products include the Mild Banana Pepper Mustard, the Hot Banana Pepper Mustard, and the Habanera Banana Pepper Mustard- all of which are made with "vine-ripened peppers picked at the peak of freshness" and are also fat-free, gluten-free, and non-GMO.

Want some more of our hot picks? Stay tuned for more of our Summer Fancy Food Show coverage later this week!